Sports Law

Hirschler Fleischer counsels athletes, sports associations, horse racetracks, athletic vendors, race car drivers, gamers, musicians, artists, media personalities, and others in the sports and entertainment business. We help such clients make sound business and legal decisions that minimize exposure, protect their marketability, and facilitate their future successes. To counsel on this broad scope, we draw from a cross-section of areas including litigation, commercial transactions and finance, securities, employment, real estate, bankruptcy and workouts, intellectual property, tax, estate planning and wealth management.

Team and League Representation

Our firm provides an array of legal services to major and minor sports leagues and teams, their owners and executives, and their marketing and media affiliates. We help prevent and resolve the industry-specific and increasingly complex legal issues facing owners, teams and leagues in today's global markets, including franchising, licensing, the purchase and sale of teams, complex financing, league and entity formation, complex contract negotiations, bankruptcy and restructuring, government affairs, venue and facility construction or leasing, and employment issues.

Facilities and Venues

Widely recognized as a leader in commercial real estate law, Hirschler Fleischer has extensive experience in real estate issues related to sports and entertainment venues and facilities, including land acquisition/ground leasing, zoning, environmental, government affairs, development, construction, financing (private & public), tax, site and facility leasing/licensing, entity formation, tax credits, and operations. We represented the owners of Colonial Downs in the development of a world class pari-mutuel horse racetrack in New Kent County. We guide developers, contractors, financiers, bond trustees, sports leagues/teams/non-profits, colleges/universities, corporate sponsors, and other clients through the maze of legal issues involved with development and operation of mixed-use projects and facilities.

Talent Representation

Hirschler Fleischer advises entertainers, athletes, race car drivers, media personalities and coaches on legal issues with the goal of helping to protect their valuable tangible and intangible assets now and in the future. We help to guide wise decision-making discreetly and confidentially by utilizing our experience in the issues facing high-net worth individuals, such as agent agreements, contract negotiations, licensing, estate planning, federal/state/multi-state tax, family law/pre-nuptial/post-nuptial, private equity investing, immigration, endorsement agreements, charitable foundations, workers comp/personal injury litigation and salary arbitration. Our work includes representation of NASCAR drivers Elliot Sadler and SPEED Channel commentator Hermie Sadler.

Intellectual Property

Our protection of high-profile individuals and organizations continues into the intellectual property arena, whereby we handle copyright and trademark registrations, software licensing, distribution agreements, franchise agreements, Internet commerce and social media counseling. When necessary, we litigate in response to disputes pertaining to intellectual property rights.